Friday Reads #18

Friday Reads #18

Finished: (Don't) Call Me Crazy – Kelly Jensen –3* (Aug 30) (This is actually an August book, but I finished it after I completed my last Friday Reads post) I bought this on impulse and I’m not sure what I was expecting. It was a worthwhile read if only to extend my...

August Reading Wrap-Up

August Reading Wrap-Up

August goal: I've finished a book I started in late July, so I'm going to set a goal of 3 total. I want one of those to be some sort of collection/anthology. I still have a lot of editing to finish over the next couple of weeks so I don't want to be too ambitious....

Friday Reads #17

Friday Reads #17

Finished: The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton - 3.5* (Aug 29) "Gosford Park" meets "Groundhog Day" by way of Agatha Christie – the most inventive story you'll read this year. I’m not entirely sure how to rate this book. I have such mixed feelings about...

Friday Reads #16

Friday Reads #16

Finished: Nada. Unless you want to count the 105k-word novel I finished editing, which I do since I've read it 3 times (and will be reading it again once the author goes through my edits). 9/3 Update: I realized I DID finish a short book this week and somehow...

Friday Reads #15

Friday Reads #15

Finished: She's Not There – PJ Parrish – 2.5* (Aug 2) Entertaining but not life-changing. The mystery was interesting but nothing felt very original. Buchanon was a great character among a cast of many who weren't particularly compelling. I enjoyed reading it, but...

July Reading Wrap-Up

July Reading Wrap-Up

July goal: I'm about 50% through June's short story collection and I have a couple of long solo flights coming up so I'm shooting for 5 books in July. Wow, did I ever go about that the wrong way! I read exactly 5 pages on my flights. What I read: (Link to my Goodreads...

Friday Reads #14

Friday Reads #14

Finished: The Doll – Daphne du Maurier - 4* (July 20) I feel like a broken record when it comes to short stories, but this collection was less uneven than some others I've read. A few of the stories were misses for me, including the title story, "The Doll." But some...

June Reading Wrap-Up

June Reading Wrap-Up

June goal: For June, I'll set another goal of 4 books. What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge) About Grace Anthony Doerr 3.5* (June 9)Review Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng4.5* (June 19)Review Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine Gail...

Friday Reads #13

Friday Reads #13

Finished: Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng - 4.5* (June 19) Strong 4.5. Beautifully written, complex characters and stories. The ending left me wanting a bit more, otherwise it would’ve been 5. While I didn't always agree with the characters' actions, I feel that...

Friday Reads #12

Friday Reads #12

Finished: About Grace - Anthony Doerr - 3.5* (June 9) Anthony Doerr impressed me with his beautiful writing in "All The Light We Cannot See," and I bought this book without even reading the summary based on the strength of that book. "About Grace" was off to a very...

May Reading Wrap-Up

May Reading Wrap-Up

May goal: For May, I'll set a goal of 4 books. What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge) Once Upon a River Diane Setterfield3.5* (May 19)Review If Cats Disappeared from the World Genki Kawamura3.5* (May 27)Review The Bloody Chamber and Other...

Friday Reads #11

Friday Reads #11

Speed-reading to meet my monthly goal (spoiler alert!). Finished: If Cats Disappeared from the World - Genki Kawamura - 3.5* (May 27) I feel like this book may have suffered from poor translation. What could've been a very touching story instead felt clunky. The...

Friday Reads #10

Friday Reads #10

My posting hasn't exactly been regular, huh? I'd probably be around #20 if I'd posted every Friday. Finished: Once Upon a River - Diane Setterfield - 3.5* (May 19) The book was meandering, like the river central to its tales. With so many characters, it was often hard...

April Reading Wrap-Up

April Reading Wrap-Up

As I sit down to write this, I have no idea where I ended up. I know I didn't write many Friday Reads posts, so let's find out how I did! April goal: April's reading goal is 4 books, including another essay/short story collection. What I read: (Link to my...

Friday Reads #9

Friday Reads #9

Finished: The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas - 5* (Apr 9) The word that keeps coming to mind when I try to describe this book is "crushing." I occasionally read YA when I need something lighter but this is not that kind of book. It's a very heavy look at the life of a...

March Reading Wrap-Up

March Reading Wrap-Up

Not the worst reading month, but I've had much better. March goal: Another goal of 4 books for March. What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge) Well-Read Black Girl Glory Edim 4.25* (Mar 13)Review The Alchemist Paulo Coelho 3* (Mar 13)Review...

Friday Reads #8

Friday Reads #8

The past couple of weeks were a reading flashback to last year when I got stuck on books I didn't enjoy and rather than move on, I just didn't read at all. Currently Reading: Becoming - Michelle Obama (9%) Amazing so far. I may end up buying a copy since I don't want...

Friday Reads #7

Friday Reads #7

No post last week for a reason. But this week, I'm back! Finished: Well-Read Black Girl - Glory Edim - 4.25* (Mar 13) When I requested this book from the library, I thought it was a YA novel. Oops! But the essays are powerful and offer great insight regarding how...

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